Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp, where the boy lived.
Since then Israeli media has reported that the boy was shot in the chest by accident. Some reports say Israeli forces meant to shoot the boy in the leg, but the bullet hit the concrete and ricocheted, while other reports claim Israeli forces were aiming at a different person all together.
Regardless of the circumstances of Obeidallah’s death, more than one thousand mourners showed up to lay the young teenager to rest on Tuesday in a cemetery just minutes away from the UN school Obeidallah had just left from before he was shot.
Obeidallah was still in his school uniform when he died. His family said he was a good student, his teachers’ favorite. He loved playing football and making people laugh, his family said.
Obeidallah is the fourth Palestinian youth to have been shot dead by Israeli forces since Friday, amid ongoing clashes and ever-increasing tensions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the past several weeks.